What is CBD?

By Nina Chhabra on March 27, 2019

CBD seems to be the biggest buzzword of the year.  What is it and why is it so popular? CBD, or cannabidiol (CBD) is a medicinal component extracted from either the hemp plant or from marijuana.  The most common type that is sold over the counter is derived from hemp.  Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not have psychoactive properties. If CBD is being marketed as derived from a hemp plant source, it should not legally contain more than 0.3% THC.

CBD can help support a sense of calm for focus, can help support the management of everyday stresses, help support recovery from exercise-induced inflammation, and can help support healthy sleep cycles. However, similar to other natural medicines, there isn’t sufficient clinical evidence to show clear benefits of its use. There are possible drug interactions with CBD, so as always, it is best to check with your practitioner before using any CBD products.

How CBD actually work? CBD works by modulating sites in the endocannabinoid receptors in the body.  The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for regulating may processes in the body such as eating, sleeping, and relaxation.  Although CBD does not directly bind to receptors in the ECS, it is thought that CBD plays a role in regulating, the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system.  CB1 receptors are found in the central nervous system, such as the spine and the brain, and CB2 receptors are generally found in the immune system.

It is important to do your research when choosing a CBD or any dietary supplement. The product could have little to no CBD, or it could have more than the advertised amount of THC.  If you are using an over the counter CBD, it is best to know your source of CBD (hemp vs marijuana), and to see if the company does any testing of the products.  Third party testing ensures some type of quality control, and reliability. 

Select Vivo Health Pharmacies will start carrying CBD products in April 2019.  Vivo is only working with companies that test their products for potency, quality and purity.  It is important to ensure products are being tested for pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial growth, and it is important to know that products are being tested for consistency.  Vivo has carefully reviewed numerous products and selected only products we feel that met our patient focused quality standards.

In certain states, consumption and sale of CBD products may not be permitted. It is always best to check your local or state law before buying or consuming CBD.

For more information or questions about Natural Medicines, please contact naturalmeds@vivohealthpharmacy.com

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Please note the above uses have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consumers should consult with their health care provider before taking any new medication or dietary supplement — especially pregnant or nursing mothers, children under 18, and individuals with a known medical condition.

Nina Chhabra earned her doctorate in pharmacy from St. John's University in New York. Prior to her becoming a Natural Medicines Specialist, she worked in a community pharmacy and as an inpatient pharmacist, focusing on diabetes and heart failure. She has served on the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists and has given continuing education lectures regarding diabetes treatment to her peers.